July 12, 2010

Spain 1, Netherlands 1; Not Soccer, Not Football; Pterosaur Sightings

Forget about the World Cup, for the moment: Spain defeating Netherlands 1-0 in the international soccer finals. These two countries tied 1-1 in something completely different: modern sightings of apparent pterosaurs.

Just a few kilometers northwest of Amsterdam, Netherlands (Holland), K.H. saw, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., one hot summer day, a strange creature, dark elephant grey, with no feathers, flying only 30-40 meters away from him. The "wings looks more that from a bat."

In the summer of 2007, a British man attended a music concert in Spain, perhaps near "los desert del palmas." On one of the nights, while he and his friends were outside, near their tents, he saw something flying overhead. He assumed, at first, it to be an owl, for he knew that birds do not usually fly at night. As he looked more carefully, he "realised it was definitely no owl I'd ever seen before." It was the color of suede or sand and the texture was similar to suede (no feathers). It had a long tail and was "100% not a bird."

I have interviewed only a few European eyewitnesses, over the years. It may be that these apparent pterosaurs (mostly, apparent Rhamphorhynchoids) are less rare in North Ameria than in Europe. Nevertheless, these sightings (in the Netherlands and in Spain) support the case for worldwide distribution of this kind of mostly-nocturnal flying creature.

For information on sightings in the United States, see this page on the cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America.

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